The Three Quote Challenge: Day 3

February 23, 2016 at 10:44 pm 2 comments

Golden Gate Bridge
Location: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

I want to thank GaH Learner for this enviable task of letting me participate on this challenge. It’s something that I didn’t ask for nor want to do ever again. I’m just kidding, of course.

GaH Learner is the handle of someone who calls herself a “Jack of all trades and master of nothing.” As such, she’s not perfect. The fact that she leaves room for improvement makes her blog an interesting read. I find folks who consider them perfect the most boring among the human species.

Her blog is called, Flights of Fancy. I suggest that you visit it and prepare to be blown away.

The Three Quote Challenge

These are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post one fresh quotation on three consecutive days.
  • On each of the three days, nominate three folks who have not yet taken part to continue the challenge.

As with many challenges, the rules can be bent a little, if need be, to fit in with people’s blogging schedules. Some bloggers have posted all three quotes in one day rather than three days. Others have posted them over three weeks’ time. It’s really up to the individual how s/he completes the challenge.

For my Day 3 challenge, I share this quote about my favorite city where I had lived for many years.

The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.

That is cold. You think? Not exactly. Most San Franciscans don’t consider it as derogatory. On the contrary, they treat it more as a compliment. Besides, there’s a grain of truth in it. The weather in this city by the bay can be unpredictable making local meteorologists the butt of jokes. In the summer, where the rest of the country suffer from unrelenting heat, San Francisco can experience temperatures dipping in the low 30s.

Anyway, it’s widely believed that Mark Twain said it. On the surface, it’s something he could come up with on a whim having lived in San Francisco as a journalist. Unfortunately, the facts don’t support it. It doesn’t appear in his writings. Worse, the old man is dead either to confirm or deny.

I brought this San Francisco quote to your attention to point out that it’s one of the many wrongly attributed throughout history. The quote police advise that it pays to be circumspect about claims that famous people really said this or that. But at what price? I may ask. Sometimes, innocence can be bliss.

Finally, I’m supposed to nominate 3 people for this challenge. Darn, I can’t bear the thought of putting someone on the spot and add to his or her stress level at this time. Any volunteers? Just say the word.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gahlearner  |  February 24, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Great post, again very interesting. And now I puff my cheeks up, and huff and puff like the wolf in the fairy tale, so I’ll be able to blow people away if anyone comes visiting. 😉 Thanks for playing along, Plaridel, this was a lot of fun.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  February 24, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      gahlearner:

      nice try but no cigar. you’re too nice to scare anyone. 🙂

      Reply

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